Asean Summit: India plans closer SE Asia maritime ties to counter China

India is gathering the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Regional Cooperation (Asean) for a summit on Thursday to promote maritime security in a region dominated by China, officials and diplomats said.

India has been pursuing an “Act East” policy of developing political and economic ties with Southeast Asia, but its efforts have been tentative and far trail China, whose trade with Asean was more than six times India’s in 2016-17 at $470 million. China has also expanded its presence in South Asia,.....

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